Friday, June 27, 2008

Now Back To Your Regularly Scheduled Program

If you found your way here through Derfwad Manor, hi there! How are you? Welcome to Cheap But Not Easy. Have a look around and tell me what you think of the place. If you are looking for my heart/room/home post, it’s located right below this one. Or click here, if all that scrolling is too time-consuming.

For the rest of you, we will now return you to your normal Friday post.

Tip Of The Day: I found two new hair care products that I kind of LOVE. A LOT. What is it with me and under-$4 hair stuff? It’s like an obsession, bordering on an illness. But hey! At least my hair looks nice.
Also, the easiest recipe in the blogosphere for the best tasting, non-alcoholic, calorie-free drink you can consume this summer. And? I think it might even be good for you.

Tip For The Weekend: Do unto to others, and perhaps they will give you money. The next time someone says, “I’ll pay you to do X,” take them up on it. As long as it meets the three Cheap Chick standards – it isn’t illegal, too immoral, and allows me to keep most of my clothes on – why not go for it?
Do you want to know what I’m doing? I’ll BET you do, you dirty kitties. Actually, I’m just showing a house for a friend while she’s out of town. Hah! And you thought it was something naughty.

Further Elucidation Of My Cheap Deal: In my on-going quest to try every Sunsilk product known to mankind, I recently bought a bottle of their Waves of Envy Beach Spray. And because I’m growing out my hair to even longer lengths (look out, Crystal Gayle), I bought Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship Conditioner for Long Hair.

Hmm. Can you guess how much I love the Sunsilk? I bought that bottle a week ago, and look at how much I’ve already used.

Sunsilk Waves of Envy
It’s not stinky, it sprays on evenly, it holds a wave in even my stubborn hair, it dries quickly, and it really texturizes. Finally! Something that gives volume to my lifeless locks.
Cons: It can be drying. I recommend not using it every day and upping your conditioner strength. Which brings me to my next review.

Herbal Essences Long Term Relationship
It has the color, consistency and smell of berry yogurt. Which is a good thing. It’s very thick, so a little goes a long way, and it really REALLY makes my hair soft. REALLY. It’s also makes it look less split-endy and fuzzy on the bits I over-blow dry.
Cons: Because it’s so thick, it’s hard to squeeze out of the bottle. And because it’s so conditioning, it takes a bit longer to rinse out. But these are minor complaints – all in all, this product is worth the $3 and change.

Now I need to ask you, citizens of the blogosphere, what inexpensive hair care product are you loving right now? Please feel free to share with the group visa vie the Comments section.

Next up, the best thing you can drink this summer, and no, it’s not a margarita. It is Fujian Oolong Iced Tea – and here’s how you make it.

Step one; procure the tea. I use Mrs. Kelly’s loose leaf tea, which you can buy here.

Step two; measure out two wee palm-fulls, about this big:

Step three; put the tea in a Pyrex measuring cup, fill it with water, and nuke it on High for 3 minutes. You can leave it steeping for awhile – the stuff below steeped while I showered and blew my hair dry.

Step four; strain the ridiculously strong tea into a pitcher and add water to your desired level of dilution. Remember, oolong tea is not supposed to be very strong – this isn’t Starbuck’s Coffee, folks.

Step five; apply it to your mouth. Mmmmmm, so much better than Lipton’s. And They Who Know More Than I Do claim that oolong tea is loaded with anti-oxidants. I don’t know, and I don’t care, I just drink it because it tastes REALLY good.

This now concludes your Friday blog-cast of Cheap But Not Easy. This is The Cheap Chick, over and out.


mia said...

Now that it is all kinds of humid, I have been using FX Special Effects Instant Straighten Out in my hair (they sell this at Walgreen's). So far, so good--it isn't heavy or sticky, and it keeps my hair straight and frizz free.

Manager Mom said...

Ug... thanks for your post, although it reminded me AGAIN about my horrible hair issues. I just posted a picture of my afro that I got from the humidity... my hair is a nightmare in this weather.

For my cheap hair care I am loving Trader Joe's citrus shampoo. It smells yummy and is just around $2 per bottle...

Bionic Beauty said...

Cheapies I love:
John Frieda's new cream Frizz Ease Secret Weapon to help keep the humidity at bay (find it at Walmart);

Dove's spray in Leave-In conditioner (helps keep my hair untangled when its breezy);

Sunsilk shampoos and conditioners since I'm always finding free samples from them, you can't beat that price! lol

Great post, as always, CBNE!

Nikki said...

Ohhh if you like Herbal Essences Long-Term Relationship Conditioner, you should try the Long-Term Relationship Leave-In Conditioner. I use it every day on my ends and it is great for tangles. However, for fine hair like mine, I don't recommend using it above the ears or you might have the greasies.
I also use the Sunsilk lines and I like their Thermal Shampoo to protect against heat damage (the purple bottle). I use both of these products every day!

The Material Girl said...

I love my Waves of Envy - it keeps my wavy hair wavy, even if I haven't showered. Bonus, no stinkiness or stickiness!